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FAQs


I use a digital calendar.  Isn’t this redundant?

If you’re like us, you don’t always communicate what’s on your phone calendar to the other people in your household. When you have The Essential Calendar on display in your home each family member can transfer individual activities onto the family calendar so you can communicate around schedule conflicts before they become frantic emergencies. 

Here's what our customer Brittany has to say about it: "I love being able to see more than one month in a glance. It is also very helpful for others in my house because not everything is written and hidden away on my planner. Every one can see it and know what is going on! Love this calendar."

Where do you put it?

Place it in a highly visible place where all family members can see it and easily update it. Try it in your mudroom, kitchen, or office or anywhere that's easily accessible to your family. Check out our Instagram feed @theessentialcalendar for more ideas. 

Tiffany says: "I did a better job this year finding a place in our home that allows it to help me as much as I knew it could. It works better to have it in an area where my family hangs out together. Everyone in our family looks at it daily and enjoys talking about the activities we have coming up."

How do you use it?

Most households add holidays, birthdays, extracurricular activities, and events at the beginning of the season and then re-visit it weekly or monthly to update it as needed. Each order comes with a how-to guide to get you started. 

Here's what Emily has to say: "I can’t say enough how much I love this calendar! I have a perfect spot to hang the entire year in my kitchen. I love seeing all the extended family birthdays all at once without flipping through months. I actually remembered to call everyone ON THEIR BIRTHDAY this year! I’ve loved being able to plan months in advance at a glance too. I’ll never use another calendar again!"

This calendar looks different from any calendar I’ve ever used, what is it exactly?

The Essential Calendar is a Sunday-Saturday calendar that shows you three months at a time. Families love this format because they can seamlessly coordinate their plans over a stretch of several months. This is especially helpful during the holidays and summer months when activities can start to pile up.

Won’t I be overwhelmed looking at 3 months at a time?

Often times when we turn the page of our calendars we’re surprised by how closely activities or events are jammed together or we realize a holiday has snuck up on us. With seasonal planning you add balance to your life by making decisions with a bigger perspective in mind.

My friend says this calendar changed her life.  How can a simple thing like a calendar help me and my family?

Every family has a unique story about how The Essential Calendar rocks their world but most families report increased organization, communication, and more memories together.  When you give yourself the gift of seasonal calendaring you give yourself dedicated space to intentionally plan your family life.

Families can plan fun outings and service projects around work, school, and sports.  When you look at 12 weeks of your life at a time you start to notice patterns, what’s missing, and what’s overabundant.

I'm a designer, can I get a soft copy under a commercial-use license?

Yes!  We offer single-use and limited-use licensing options. Designers love how easy it is to brand our calendar for their clients.  Email us at hello@theessentialcalendar.com for licensing fees.